New Zealand Bans Odd Future From Entering The Country

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New Zealand’s Rapture Festival is set to take place this weekend and Odd Future was supposed to share the stage with Eminem at the event, filling in for Kendrick Lamar who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. But according to a statement released to New Zealand’s News 3, the country has decided to revoke the group’s visas, denying their entry into the country, as they are deemed “a potential threat to public order.” The statement reads:

The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest. Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.

This isn’t the first time though the collective has had troubles in New Zealand. As Pitchfork points out, the group was previously taken off a festival bill in 2011 due to their lyrical content.